Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    Kanye West‘s new album Donda has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It marks the biggest first-week sales total of 2021 with 309,000 equivalent album units, surpassing Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour, which started with 295,000 units in June.

    With Donda, Kanye has tied Eminem for most consecutive No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200. West has also become one of only seven artists in chart history to have 10 chart-topping albums, joining the Beatles (19), Jay-Z (14), Bruce Springsteen (11), Barbra Streisand (11), Eminem (10), and Elvis Presley (10). (Drake, whose newly released Certified Lover Boy will be eligible for next week’s chart, has had 9 No. 1 albums.) Halsey’s new LP If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power debuted behind Donda at No. 2 with 98,000 equivalent album units.

    After multiple delays and three listenings events, Donda arrived on Sunday, August 29. West has since shared a video for album track ‘Come to Life’, which features footage from the third Donda listening event at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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